There are important changes to:
• The local connection criteria
• Who qualifies to register for Bucks Home Choice
• The ages up to which children can share a room
A consultation exercise ran from 22 April – 2 June 2013 to seek views from residents, applicants and stakeholders about a number of proposed changes to Bucks Home Choice. You can see the results, analysis and next steps by following the link above.
Bucks Home Choice is a new way of allocating housing that is being operated by a partnership of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils, together with the Paradigm Housing Group and the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. Housing applicants (homeseekers) and existing tenants wanting a transfer can use Bucks Home Choice to look for a new home.
Most council and housing association homes for rent, including sheltered housing, will be advertised and let through Bucks Home Choice.
Bucks Home Choice gives you more choice about where you live and when you move. You decide which properties you would like and you can then express your interest in them. There is still a very high demand for properties and Bucks Home Choice does not make more homes available. Therefore, everyone who applies is assessed, given a priority and advised what type of property they are eligible for. Properties are usually let to those with the highest priority.
All the properties that are currently available are on this website. To see the properties you are eligible for, and to make expressions of interest, please log in with your Bucks Home Choice number and date of birth.
Buckinghamshire Tenancy Strategy
Local authorities are required to produce a tenancy strategy, as stated in the Localism Act 2011. A tenancy strategy is a document which outlines what local authorities expect from registered providers of social housing in relation to the types of tenancies they will offer when delivering and letting accommodation in the authority’s district.
Registered Providers are also expected to produce and publish their own Tenancy Policy which will provide further information on areas including the types of tenancies offered, the renewal of tenancies and the level of rent.
The four district councils in Bucks (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe) have worked on a joint tenancy strategy in order to adopt a consistent approach to the strategy across all four districts.
A copy of the strategy is available to download below.
Buckinghamshire Tenancy Strategy 2013